LGBTQ Diversity Toolbox for Parents - Resources


Brown, R. M. (1997). Rita Will: Memoir of a literary rabble-rouser. New York, NY: Bantam.

Cross, T. (2013). Suicide among gifted children and adolescents. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.

Davidson, J., & Davidson. B. (2004). Genius denied: How to stop wasting our brightest young minds. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.

Friedrichs, T. P. (2012). Counseling gifted GLBT students along paths to freedom. In T. L. Cross & J. R. Cross (Eds.), Handbook for counselors serving students with gifts and talents (pp. 153–174). Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.

Friedrichs, T., Manzella, T., & Seney, R. (2017). Needs and approaches for educators and parents of gifted gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students. Washington, DC: NAGC.

Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) (2016). GLSEN 2015 National School Climate Survey: Executive summary. Retrieved from

Keener, A. G. (2013). G-squared: Supporting your gifted LGBT student. SENGVine, 105. Retrieved from

Manzella, T. R. (2012). Twice other: Cultural challenges faced by gifted and GLBTQ adolescents (Unpublished master's thesis). Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN.

National Association for Gifted Children. (2015). Supporting gifted students with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Retrieved from

Peterson, J. S., & Rischar, H. (2000). Gifted and gay: A study of the adolescent experience. Gifted Child Quarterly, 44, 149–164.

Sedillo P. J. (2013). A retrospective study of gay gifted, young adult males’ perceptions of giftedness and suicide (Doctoral Dissertation). University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Treat, A. R. (2008). Beyond analysis by gender: Overexcitability dimensions of sexually diverse populations and implications for gifted education (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from Proquest. (UMI No. 3344606).

Treat, A. R. (2016, November). Gifted LGBTQ social-emotional issues. Teaching for High Potential, 6–7.

Whittenburg, B., & Treat, A. R. (2009). Shared characteristics of gifted and sexually diverse youth. In N. L. Hafenstein & J. A. Castellano (Eds.), Perspectives in gifted education:  Diverse gifted learners (Vol. 4, pp. 130–165). Denver, CO: University of Denver.


Blumfield, W. J. (2016). Some notable same-sex and all-sex loving and gender non-conforming personalities in history. Retrieved from

Cohn, S. J. (2003). The gay gifted learner: Facing the challenge of homophobia and antihomosexual bias in schools. In J. A. Castellano (Ed.), Special populations in gifted education: Working with diverse gifted learners (pp. 123–149). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

College Choice. (2017). 50 best colleges for LGBTQ students. Retrieved from

Cross, T. L., Gust-Brey, K., & Ball, P. B. (2002). A psychological autopsy of the suicide of an academically gifted student: Researchers’ and parents’ perspectives. Gifted Child Quarterly, 46, 247–264.

Friedrichs, T., Manzella, T., & Seney, R. (2017). Needs and approaches for educators and parents of gifted gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students. Washington, DC: NAGC.

Gosfield, M. W. (Ed.). (2008). Expert approaches to support gifted learners: Professional perspectives, best practices, and positive solutions. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing.

Huegel, K. (2011). GLBTQ: The survival guide for queer & questioning teens (2nd ed.). Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing.

Kosciw, J. G., Greytak, E. A., Bartkiewicz, M. J., Boesen, M. J., & Palmer, N. A. (2012). The 2011 national school climate survey: The experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in our nation's schools. New York, NY: Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

Manzella, T. R. (2014, October). Home for the holidays: Reducing the stress for your gifted GLBTQ Kid. Parenting for High Potential, 2–3.

Manzella, T. R. (2014, July/August). A parent’s perspective: Gifted and GLBTQ. 2e: Twice Exceptional Newsletter, 1–3.

Pearson, J., Muller, C., & Wilkinson, L. (2007). Adolescent same-sex attraction and academic outcomes: The role of school attachment and engagement. Social Problems, 54, 523–542.

Peterson, J. S., & Ray, K. E. (2007). Bullying among the gifted: The subjective experience. Gifted Child Quarterly, 50, 252–269.

Peterson, J. S. (2009). Gifted at risk: Poetic portraits. Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential Press.

Piechowski, M. M. (2002). Experiencing in a higher key: Dabrowski’s theory of and for the gifted. Gifted Education Communicator, 33(1), 28–31.

Treat, A.R., & Whittenburg, B. (2006). Gifted gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender annotated bibliography: A resource for educators of gifted GLBT students. Journal of Secondary Gifted Education, 17(4), 230–243.

Walker, S. Y. (2002). The survival guide for parents of gifted kids: How to understand, live with, and stick up for your gifted child. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing.

Web Links

  • Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN): GLSEN’s goal is to ensure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
  • GSA Network: Connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training.
  • G2 Youth Advocate: Created by Teresa Manzella, offers multiple resource ideas and links to other sites for Gifted LGBTQ.
  • Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG): PFLAG is the extended family of the LGBTQ community, made up of LGBTQ individuals, family members and allies.
  • Safe Schools Coalition: Offers resources in support of GLBTQ youth for educators, parents/guardians, and youth, including resources for youth and by topics, type, people who use them, and location.
  • Transforming Family: Offers multiple resources for all transgender youth and their families. Some states have local groups.